- the first person to cross the threshold of a house on New Year's Day.
- the first person met after starting out on the day of an important occasion.
- to enter (a house) first on New Year's Day.
- to be the first to enter a house on New Year's Day.
Origin of first-foot
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for first-foot
"I should be the first-foot here, only I'm no use as a qualtagh," said Philip.The Manxman
But our business at present is with the first-foot, and we must hold.
It is more lucky to meet a man than a woman as a first-foot.
The "first-foot," on receiving his bread and cheese, is expected to return a short distance with the child, to show his good will.
He knew her at the first glance—it was the fair stranger—his mother's first-foot!
- the first person to enter a household in the New Year. By Hogmanay tradition a dark-haired man who crosses the threshold at midnight brings good luck
- to enter (a house) as first-foot
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